I just didn’t love this like I thought I would, sadly.
But luckily, I roll with the punches, and sometimes thems just be the breaks, son.
And since I’m not “middle class,” I prefer to refer to myself as “Classy Cowboyed Up,” I shall never admit defeat and continue on.
Before I do though, I’ll give you the short version of why I didn’t love this thing as much as I anticipated:
1) Despite this disclaimer:
“This book contains dark subject matter. Wait, let me rephrase that. This book contains DARK subject matter. Please read at your own discretion…”
This was me during the what I guess were the dark parts:
I have no excuse, except SOULLESS.
And DEAD INSIDE.
2) I wasn’t able to buy in on the Stockholm front.
Bella’s breaking and torture felt rushed and happened mostly off page in a “over the next three weeks, he did [insert something nefarious here]” kind of way and it resulted in me just not being able to believe in Bella being “broken.”
3) All of ^^^THAT prevented me from ever feeling any real connection between Bella and Javier.
In short: I just didn’t believe in their love.
And that’s what we in the romance world call an OBSTACLE, my friends.
On the positive side, if we were rating this based on just the cover, it would get a million fucking stars, obviously.
I am not one of those people who really gives two fucks about the covers, but I do notice when they are exceptionally hideous or exceptionally…exceptional.
As is the case here.
Oh my ovaries.
But anyspankbank, I think I might have simply expected too much from this.
Overall though, this was a quick and mildly entertaining enough read that they I think a lot of other people – who like dark romance and haven’t already read too many stories this one – will enjoy.